You probably haven't failed to notice the gap between this and any previous posts. The international break didn't help, but I found myself unable to speculate on the games coming up between two sides that had just been promoted from League One.

Norwich City, with the obvious connection for Mark Robins plus the visit to Oakwell of the former "mighty Leeds United", should have given me tons of material, but somehow it simply failed to materialise in time. But both outcomes have given various writers a field day, haven't they?

How often, can one side be responsible for more than a single goal in one game, yet still come out of it on the losing side? Someone out there will have the stats. But allegedly, unlike an England versus Pakistan test match, a result like this could never be forced.

So to Tuesday night. I would have to leave it to others to provide a match report, but for those of you who didn't manage to make it, you missed some breathtaking performances.

Garry O'Conner was outstanding. Strong, intelligent and battled throughout, which can't have gone unnoticed by his fellow professionals. I believe it was this attitude that gained the result last night, despite going down 0 - 1 to an early strike from Howson.

From that moment on, Leeds were never really back in the game, enduring long periods in their own half before the Reds justly equalised.

Adam Hammill basked in the songs of the Ponty End, and he truly was "a Red" throughout.

Jim O'Brien was inspirational, a goalscorer early in the second half, but also a constant thorn in the side of Leeds.

For the club to treat it as a Cup Tie on a par with Chelsea or Liverpool is their decision. Apparently there is a pending release of a DVD plus car stickers. But I'm sure there's many a Barnsley fan that works in West Yorkshire and nobody in that area would have seen last night's result coming.

Will more fans now make it in to Oakwell regularly as a result? Time will tell.

One thing is certain though. Mark Robins has assembled a team that has the potential to beat anybody in this league. If consistency can be attained and with the support of that so-called 12 man, us the fans, this season has plenty to offer.

My writers block seems to have disappeared. There's tons to consider and look forward to as the Reds now look to gain and sustain a position in the top six.

Bring on Derby County!
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Anonymous said...

I think over enthusiasm has got the better of you. Based on one result where Leeds didn't play brilliant and the belief is for the Reds to sustain a top six finish - are you mad?!!

Robins is building a team in progress, there is no way you can expect us to be competing way up there! Can I point to the performance against Reading - shambolic.... and Robins pointing to the result at Scunthorpe an uninspiring 0-0 draw as "a step forward."

No I think not - a step forward would have been a win against a team likely to be in a relegation scrap this season.

Cardiff this weekend - I won't be shouting from the rooftops about our chances in that one!!

Mid table - top half at most would be a solid return for Barnsley this season.

WILKY said...

Mad? Maybe. Perhaps I'm more of a glass half-full than a sandwich short of a picnic kind of fella!

Scunny are no whipping boys on their ground, with only six losses in total last season, probably keeping them at this level. Incidentally, we lost eight at Oakwell (1 for every three we played).

Still early days with plenty of promise for me!

Anonymous said...

After the two 3-0 losses this week - mid table looks an amazing place to finish right nbow if we can't win away from home!!